SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health reported Thursday, for the second day in a row, more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases since the day before. Of which seven more deaths.
Before the holiday, the number of new daily cases had dropped, but this week they shot back by a large margin.
Governor Spencer Cox responded by urging the Utahns to be vaccinated and boosted.
“After weeks of steady declines in cases and hospitalizations caused by the Delta variant, Omicron has arrived. As expected, the number of cases is rising exponentially as this variant is far more contagious,” the governor said in a series of tweets.
School-age children accounted for 360 of the recently announced cases.
- 127 cases in children aged 5-10 years
- 87 cases in children aged 11-13
- 146 cases in children aged 14-17
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The Ministry of Health reported that 14,378 new doses of vaccine had been administered across the country since Wednesday.
The rolling 7-day average for positive tests is 1,898 per. day. The rolling 7-day average for percent positivity of “people over people” is 12.4%. The rolling 7-day average for percent positivity of “test over test” is 8.4%.
The health department reported that there are currently 436 people hospitalized with COVID-19. It is not a significant increase, but often the number of admissions is delayed by a few days.
The health department is releasing their next report on Monday due to the New Year holidays.
Case statistics for the seven recently announced deaths are as follows:
- Female, aged 25-44, resident of Sanpete County, not hospitalized at time of death
- Male, aged 65-84, resident of Washington County, not hospitalized at time of death
- Male, ages 45-64, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, aged 45-64, resident of Salt Lake County, hospitalized at time of death
- Female, aged 65-84, resident of Weber County, resident in long-term care facility
- Male, aged 65-84, resident of Utah County, hospitalized at time of death
- Male, aged 65-84, resident of Iron County, hospitalized at time of death
The Ministry of Health noted: A death previously reported yesterday has been removed. A man between 45-64 from Tooele County.